The UPK program at North Shore applies multiple learning techniques to develop your child in ways that work best for them.
Language development is nurtured throughout the day by initiating and listening to conversation between teachers and children. We have incorporated the Wilson Language Fundations program into our program as well.
The importance of the physical development of our children is encompassed in the use of our beautiful playground where the children can run, balance and climb, as well as our large indoor gym area that is equipped with tricycles, scooters, balls, hoops and other equipment to encourage large motor skills.
Our daily schedule includes large and small group activities that are enhanced by our learning centers in the rooms.
Our math, literacy, science and technology activities and teaching strategies are aligned with the New York State Next Generation Standards. Our program was originally developed based on the Reggio Emilia approach and we continue to have a deep connection to the natural process of learning, as well as a connection to nature. This is evident in our program with our beautiful outdoor nature classroom and many outdoor planting boxes around our school. Our school also has a fully stocked Art room with easels and art supplies and a STEM room equipped with hands-on materials for the children to engage with.
North Shore UPK's curriculum addresses the needs of the district's prekindergarten and transition to kindergarten-grade 3 and beyond. We presently follow the HighScope curriculum. We also use the Wilson Language Fundations program; pre-k edition, which is used in the Syosset district Kindergarten. HighScope helps enhance learning through play based opportunities, literacy and social emotional building activities. It has a social emotional component that helps to satisfy the intrinsic needs of our community.